Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) has received positive progress on its latest integrated demonstration study (IDS) in Delft, The Netherlands from the month of January.
The company partnered with Bioprocess Pilot Facility (BPF) to undertake a series of integrated demonstration studies that incorporated the necessary engineering and hardware components in the pilot-scale testing.
This testing is critical in the overall validation program for Leaf’s proprietary Glycell technology and is an essential input to the design and financing requirements for the company’s proposed biorefinery project in Malaysia.
“On track” collecting valuable data
Leaf’s CEO Alex Baker said: “We are currently on track and capturing valuable data and knowledge on the Glycell process that will be fed in the FEL 3 engineering program conducted by TechnipFMC.
“We are impressed with the combined efforts of BPF and the Leaf technical team and look forward to continuing with this important validation of the process."
Leaf Resources is one of the world's leading companies in converting plant biomass into industrial sugars.
Its proprietary process for converting biomass-to-functional industrial sugars enables a myriad of downstream technologies for the production of renewable chemicals that will substitute petrochemicals used in manufacturing today.
Performing as designed
The IDS restarted in January with performance qualification continuing as the equipment and processes were optimised in an integrated fashion.
During the month, 170 run hours were performed with fully integrated campaign runs successfully operated for extended periods.
The equipment sets with each unit operation are performing as designed and the data is being produced in a timely fashion allowing parameter testing to be carried out in real time.
Study to continue
The IDS will continue through the first quarter of 2019 and the company will provide regular updates on its progress.
- Jessica Cummins